Double eyelid surgery is one way of making the eyes look bigger. About 50% of the Asian population is born without a double eyelid. Double eyelid surgery is a popular procedure where precise suturing methods are used to create an eyelid fold.
If the corner of the eye has an overhanging fold of skin it is referred to as the Epicanthal fold.
Patients of Asian descent occasionally experience early onset subtle ptosis (drooping eyelid) that is frequently missed due to the overhanging eyelid skin that masks it.
If you want to learn more about what's involved in double eyelid surgery visit Dr Naveen Somia at either Bondi Junction (Sydney Eastern Suburbs) or Bella Vista (Sydney Hills District) Office.
If having a double-folded eyelid concerns you about your appearance or vision, this feature can be altered by expert Plastic Surgery using precise and sophisticated techniques with artistic finesse. This can lead to an improvement in your appearance as the eyes appear more open. The net result is an overall improvement of the facial appearance and a pleasing effect given the eyes are such a focal point.
Many people inherit what’s called a double eyelid. On some faces, this can lead to an appearance that patients describe as ‘sleepy-looking facial expression” or the appearance of “smaller-looking eyes”.
The reason is that there is no distinguishable eyelid crease. Without an eyelid crease there is a ‘free fall’ of the excess eyelid skin that folds over itself. This results in the eyelid skin covering more of the eyes than the patient desires.
When you are young, it is not a medical concern, but a genetic trait and an aesthetic concern for some people. As you get older, the ‘free fall’ of the excess skin continues and may impact your vision when it becomes a medical issue. In both cases plastic surgery can help.
Lack of a double fold in the upper eyelid
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Precise Suture techniques create a double eyelid fold. Eye looks bigger and hence attractive. Patients comment their face appears ‘brighter’.
Epicanthal (over-hanging) fold in the corner of the eye
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Epicanthal fold is corrected by redistribution of skin. Eye looks bigger and hence attractive. Patients comment their face appears ‘brighter’.
The benefits of Double-Eyelid Surgery are that it creates an eyelid crease that results in a more open-eyed expression to enhance the overall facial appearance in patients with suitable anatomy for the procedure.
The double eyelid procedure surgically enhances the eyelid appearance. Technically, it involves adjusting and excising the skin above the eyelid, surgically creating a single crease, without disrupting important eyelid functions such as blinking and closing your eyes. The optimal surgery outcome is removal of drooping eyelid skin and defining a single crease. This helps open up the eyes, surgically treating the double-fold eye lid appearance.
People who seek double-eyelid surgery do so because they want their eyes to look more open, brighter or less ‘sleepy’ or ‘tired’, especially as they age.
Double-eyelid plastic surgery is, like most blepharoplasty procedures, a particularly complex operation. If your eyelid surgeon gets it wrong and botches your double eyelid surgery, you could end up with some unwanted complications and appearance concerns – some of which won’t be easy to be repaired.
That’s why it’s so important to choose a top eyelid surgery expert Plastic Surgeon, who has had extensive training and experience in eyelid surgery and attained the high level of specialist qualifications of a Plastic Surgeon to help ensure an expert is performing your procedure.
“Asian eyelid surgery requires intensive planning around varying anatomies and precision surgical techniques. That is why it’s so important to choose a fully qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon, one who has extensive experience and expertise in these procedures, on a variety of patients.”
Comment from Dr Naveen Somia, Sydney’s eyelid surgery expert:
“I believe eyelid surgery and various blepharoplasty techniques are particularly transforming, and yet these surgeries are very complex. I have made my surgery practice in Sydney strongly focused on eyelid surgery and facial rejuvenation. That’s because I know how much positive change they can make on a person’s overall facial appearance, and because I know they can go wrong in the wrong hands of a less-trained Surgeon.
It’s much better to get it right the first time. That’s not to say some complications occur…occasionally they do; but at least with a Plastic Surgeon who’s focused on these procedures, you’re in far better hands in terms of experience, expertise and precision.”
Double eyelid surgery should be performed in a licensed facility. It usually takes between 1 to 1.5 hours. It can often be done as a Day Surgery case, which means you don't have to stay in hospital overnight. However, if you combine it with other facial procedures, you may require a longer hospital stay.
Other surgical procedures that are commonly performed with Double eyelid surgery
All surgery carries risk. A second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner is recommended before proceeding